So, you have a race of people who all have black, leathery wings. They're born with the ability to shoot black, shadowy globs out of their hands. Also, they prefer the night, and let's not get started on their wardrobes. Surely, they're evil!
Except...no one has actually mentioned them doing bad things; in fact, they may actually be pretty good guys. It's not like they keep pet dogs exclusively for kicking. Despite any images that may have been burned into our minds, creepy appearances and killing people actually don't have much to do with each other. Unfortunately, however, people can still judge them based on their looks. Expect some Van Helsing Hate Crimes to be committed, especially by dickish Knight Templars who claim to side with the holy light.
This trope can be a subversion or aversion of several other tropes depending on how it's played, including Beauty = Goodness, Always Chaotic Evil, and Colour-Coded for Your Convenience. A common use for it is for the "Don't judge a book by its cover" Aesop. It can also be used to promote Evil Is Cool and Evil Is Sexy, and sometimes Even Evil Has Standards, except without the, uh... evil. Even though with the subtle (or not so) undertone of Humans Are Bastards that this trope implies, using this does not automatically enforce Light Is Not Good; in fact, stories where Light Is Good and Dark Is Not Evil are quite common.
The extreme form of this is The Sacred Darkness, where Dark is not just not Evil, but is in fact equally holy and Good as Light (or even more so) is typically perceived to be. In situations where The Sacred Darkness exists, however, Dark Is Not Evil is not an absolute certainty, and the usual caveats about Light Is Not Good still apply.
Light Is Not Good, Good Powers, Bad People are sister tropes. For the inverse, see Dark Is Evil. A natural implication of the Yin-Yang Bomb. See also Good All Along, Bad Powers, Good People, Creepy Good, Face of a Thug, Terror Hero, Perky Goth, Our Monsters Are Different, Anti-Antichrist, Reluctant Monster, Good Is Not Nice, Good Is Not Soft, and Halloweentown. When vampires are involved, this trope generally puts them on the friendly end of the Sliding Scale of Vampire Friendliness, often resulting in a Friendly Neighbourhood Vampire. Gods of the underworld and death in particular can be this, since Everybody Hates Hades.
Contrast Evil Wears Black.
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- Superstar Mark Calaway is best known for being "The Undertaker", a wrestling gravedigger/zombie/death incarnate/cult leader/biker. Although he started off (and every so often returns to being) a Heel, currently he's often treated as a Face, being one of the longest-tenured and popular currently active wrestlers. Behind the scenes, he's also very well respected as a mentor and A Father to His Men.
- Boogeyman has red and black devil-style face paint and originally a stage persona to match. What impression do you get about◊ this◊ guy◊? If you guessed he belongs on this page, you'd be correct.
- Crossed with Creepy Good: Despite his overall creepiness, Boogeyman definitely seemed to be a force of good in his own, weird way.
- Hallowicked became this after his 2006 Rudo-Tecnico Turn. After Delirious used the Eye of Tyr on him to turn him against UltraMantis Black at the 2014 CHIKARA Season Finale Tomorrow Never Dies on December 6, 2014, he completely changed his look and became a case of Light Is Not Good.
- Cosmic phenomena such as Outer Space, dark matter or dark energy are not only not evil, but vital to the structure of the universe as we know it.
- One afternoon, a woman named Benita Rogers was sitting with her visiting parents in the living room when her cat Midnight was trying to get her attention. She shooed him away...then heard some bloodcurdling moaning and screeching noises coming from her baby monitor. Benita rushed upstairs to find her six-week-old daughter Stacey suffering from respiratory failure and Midnight howling into the other monitor. Fortunately, she arrived just in time to save her daughter, thanks to Midnight understanding how the baby monitor worked and realizing that Benita would respond to noises coming from it.
- Many people with heroic job descriptions, like judges, priest, policemen or firefighters to name a few, wear uniforms with black or otherwise dark colorations or deal in dark matters, mind you, this example can be subverted if the actual person holding the job is evil.